- Detachable waist ties (I've used the ones from my Bodyline FruitsParlor knock-off!)
- Needle and thread
- A plain headband or a hair comb
This is my shaky mouse drawn diagram of what you're going to be cutting. All inches are approximate and depend on how big you want your bow to be. Most waist ties are of a tapered shape, with the ends being wider than the parts that button to your dress, so you're going to want to cut evenly from both ties. If you have a waist tie that is of an even width the whole way through, you can save time and bulk by cutting one 18" strip from one tie instead of two 9" strips. You can't do that if your tie is tapered, because then your bow is going to look lopsided and stupid. And no one likes stupid lopsided bows.
The first step is to take the plunge and cut those ties up! You're going to want to cut them about 7 inches long. However long the bottom part of the bow is going to be, plus an inch or so.
Overlap the raw edges and sew the ends together. Don't worry about it being a nice and pretty stitch, this is all going to be hidden. I used a really ugly and lame running stitch. You could even glue this if you were extra lazy.
Now sew them into a loop. If your tie is tapered, the raw ends of each piece are not going to be the same size as each other, one will be smaller, just match up the small ends and the big ends and sew them together. Again, your stitches don't have to be pretty.
Now cut a 6" strip from the remainder of the tie. You aren't going to use all 6", but it's best to have too much than too little. Fold the sides over to the back until it's about how big you want the middle "knot" of your bow to be. Take a look at your other head bows to compare. You should really iron this to keep it flat and neat. But, again, I was lazy, so I just stuck it in a heavy book while I was sewing to make it flat.
Take your pressed strip for the middle and sew one raw edge to the back of the middle of the bow.
Wrap the middle strip all the way around the front and bring it back to the back. Cut it to size, just an inch longer than it needs to be, fold the raw edge under, and sew it down. And ta da! You now have a bow! You can either sew a hair comb to the underside, or slip in a headband. If you are using a headband you can use a little hot glue to secure it to where you want it to sit on your head.